‘Immediate action needed to improve drainage in Kota Tinggi’

Several areas in Kota Tinggi town were hit by floods this week. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

TENGGARA MP Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique wants immediate action taken to improve the drainage and irrigation system of the flood-prone Kota Tinggi district.

Halimah, who is also National Unity Minister, said massive floods in 2006 and 2007 had paralysed Kota Tinggi town for more than a month.

“After 14 years, we see it happening again.

“I hope that relevant agencies such as the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) can come up with plans to upgrade the drainage system in both rural and urban areas in the district.

“Studies should also be conducted to improve the situation, especially as Kota Tinggi is often the district that is most affected during floods.

“By now, we should have been able to figure something out to improve the situation, ” she said, adding that DID should also be given more allocation to fix the problem.

Halimah was speaking to reporters after visiting a temporary shelter in Kota Tinggi with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

She said the Prime Minister had echoed similar sentiments during a briefing before visiting flood victims at the temporary shelter.

“The Prime Minister also told the Mentri Besar to ensure that prompt measures were taken to revive economic activities in Kota Tinggi town, ” she said.

Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, handed over basic necessities to the victims.

He visited two shelters — Kolej Vokasional Kota Tinggi and SK Laksamana.

Also present were Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad and State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani. — By VENESA DEVI

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